Prominent actor Morgan Freeman has publicly condemned Black History Month asking ‘why would you relegate my history to a single month?’ I don’t want a Black History Month – Black History is American History. It has been argued that Black History Month has become a ready made excuse to ignore African history for the other 11 months of the year. Further Journalists argue that by dedicating only a single month of the year, it provokes a tendency to assume that black history is separate from American/British History. Joseph Wayne states that “One month out of every year, Americans are given permission to commemorate the achievements of black people. This rather condescending view fails to acknowledge that a people and a country’s past should be nurtured and revered; instead, at this time, the past of black Americans is handled in an expedient and cavalier fashion denigrating the very people it seeks to honor”. ~ Essence of Equality
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots – Marcus Garvey
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